Finally available, a high quality book of the original classic edition of 1601. This is a new and freshly published edition of this culturally important work by Mark Twain, which is now, at last, again available to you. Enjoy this classic work today. These selected paragraphs distill the contents and give you a quick look inside 1601: The piece is a supposititious conversation which takes place in Queen Elizabeths closet in that year, between the Queen, Ben Jonson, Beaumont, Sir Walter Raleigh, the Duchess of Bilgewater, and one or two others, and is not, as John Hay mistakenly supposes, a serious effort to bring back our literature and philosophy to the sober and chaste Elizabeths time; if there is a decent word findable in it, it is because I overlooked it. . . . However, I had read Tom Jones and Roderick Random and other books of that kind and knew that the highest and first ladies and gentlemen in England had remained little or no cleaner in their talk, and in the morals and conduct which such talk implies, clear up to one hundred years ago; in fact clear into our own nineteenth century-in which century, broadly speaking, the earliest samples of the real lady and the real gentleman discoverable in English history,-or in European history, for that matter-may be said to have made their appearance. . . . In his letters, too, Howells observed, He had the Southwestern, the Lincolnian, the Elizabethan breadth of parlance, which I suppose one ought not to call coarse without calling ones self prudish; and I was often hiding away in discreet holes and corners the letters in which he had loosed his bold fancy to stoop on rank suggestion; I could not bear to burn them, and I could not, after the first reading, quite bear to look at them. . . .
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| Createspace Independent Pub, July 22, 2014, cover price $5.49
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Finally available, a high quality book of the original classic edition of 1601.